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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Then & Now: the Blue Bonnet Hotel

This old photo of Kerrville's Blue Bonnet Hotel was recently sent to me by Steven Meeker.  I went down to the riverbank to see how much the view had changed.  
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Kerrville's Blue Bonnet Hotel from Louise Hays Park, probably 1950s.
The scene today.  Note the trees.

11 comments:

  1. Oh, how I loved that beautiful, old hotel.

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  2. After all those years, the same trees are still there. Thank goodness the floods didn't wash them away.

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  3. In the second photo, I can still see the loading area where we used to put ski boats into the water.

    Over the years, I saw Cotton load his boats into that water hundreds of times.

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  4. I've never before seen the pavilion that is in the second photo. When was it built?

    Does it have a staircase that leads down to the river?

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  5. In what year were the additional floors added to the Blue Bonnet Hotel?

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  6. I miss that old hotel. It was a true landmark.

    ... Lost in the name of progress.

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  7. When the hotel was torn down, who owned it?

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  8. That is a most pleasing scene.

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  9. Joe, what brand of camera do you own?

    I want to buy one just like it.

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  10. The Bluebonnet Hotel was torn down in 1971 or 72. I think the older photo was a Starr Bryden photo, at least that's what the album said that I found it in. He died in 1959, so it was probably taken in the mid to late 50s.

    It is cool that the trees are still there. Great job, Joe! I sure do love this site.

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  11. I smiled about the camera question above. I take most of my "on the go" pictures with my old beat up cell phone, a 2009-era Blackberry Curve.

    As for Steven D's dating of the photo to the mid to late 1950s, I agree. I'll correct the guess above, on the caption.

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